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A short history of Impact Assessment in the EU


2002: Impact Assessment introduced by the European Commission


2006: Commission approach is evaluated


2007: Commission steps up its approach to Evaluation of policies and legislation


2009: Commission Impact Assessment system is significantly altered and improved


2009: European Court of Auditors judges Commission Impact Assessments to be useful and worth the effort


2012: European Parliament establishes the Directorate for ‘Impact Assessment and European Added Value’


2012: Commission launches the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme – REFIT


2015: Better Regulation Guidelines adopted: Impact Assessment and Evaluation are fully integrated in the Policy Cycle; REFIT is transformed into a stakeholder-driven programme to improve existing EU legislation



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